Dutch nobleman Jonkheer Karel Pieter Antoni Jan Hubertus (Carel) Godin de Beaufort was one of the last truly amateurs in Formula 1 racing. He had a title of Jonkheer – an honorific in the Netherlands denoting the lowest rank within the nobility. De Beaufort ran his own car under the banner of his team called Ecurie Maarsbergen from 1957 till his death in 1964. The team’s name came from de Beaufort’s country estate in the province of Utrecht. Being a Porsche devotee he only drove two out of his 53 Formula 1 races in anything else. Since 1.5-Litre formula 1 introduction in 1961 de Beaufort drove Porsche 718 painted in bright orange Dutch racing colors. Despite considering something of a mobile chicane in his early years, de Beaufort progressed to a respectful and experienced Formula 1 driver and was the first Dutchman who scored World Championship points. Porsche 718 was based on former Formula 2 car of the late fifties when Porsche moved up to Formula One in 1961. Powered by Porsche 547/3 1.5 F4 engine the 718 was slightly outdated even in the first 1.5-litre F1 season when it was raced by Porsche works team. For 1962 Porsche built a newly developed flat-eight powered and sleek Porsche 804 which brought Porsche’s only win as a constructor in a championship race, claimed by Dan Gurney at the 1962 French Grand Prix. But de Beaufort continued to use his 718 “Fatty Porsche” until 1964. This scale model by Spark represents de Beaufort’s car from 1963 United States Grand Prix where Dutch amateur finished as high as sixth. It was his last finish in points and a repetition of his best result in WDC. As to non-championship races, de Beaufort managed to score three podium finishes in Syracuse, Rome and Austrian GP – all 3 in 718 in 1963, his best season in motor racing. Godin de Beaufort was driving the same Porsche 718 in practice for the 1964 German Grand Prix at Nürburgring when the car suddenly went off the track at the Bergwerk corner. Driver was thrown out and suffered massive injuries to his head, chest and legs and died at hospital in Cologne.
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